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catching

adjective

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1 capable of being passed by physical contact from one person to another
  • a cold is often catching before the symptoms even begin

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2 exciting a similar feeling or reaction in others
  • a catching smile that instantly puts patients at ease

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catching

verb
present participle of catch

Synonyms & Antonyms of catching (Entry 2 of 2)

1 to take physical control or possession of (something) suddenly or forcibly
  • we tried to catch the kitten before she could sneak out the door

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2 to become affected with (a disease or disorder)
  • you'll catch the flu for sure if you don't get a shot

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4 to put securely in place or in a desired position
  • caught back her hair with a barrette

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7 to come upon face-to-face or as if face-to-face
  • I'll catch you at the library tomorrow

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8 to make note of (something) through the use of one's eyes
  • I looked out the window just in time to catch the neighbor's dog digging up my flower bed

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9 to move fast enough to get even with
  • despite the suspect's considerable lead, the fleet-footed police officer was able to catch him and make an arrest

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The first known use of catching was in 1594

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“Catching.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/catching. Accessed 21 Sep. 2020.

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